Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I had to share this I just LOVED IT!!!!
I remember as a young child chasing a rainbow. Having grown up on a farm, we were allowed to roam open spaces. I saw the rainbow, and could see it ended in a field, so I began walking toward it. I could not wait, as I believed I would be able to scoop up the colors in my hand. As I got toward the end of the field, I saw that I was mistaken, and it now ended in the next field. I continued my trek, but again discovered it was resting further than I first believed.
Fortunately for me, the sun came out! Had it not, I would probably still be chasing that rainbow! While this seems comical now, at the time it was a serious matter. I knew I was getting close!
What I have found out in my 30+ years of training is that my perception of fitness is much like a rainbow. I have yet to achieve it. Not that I have not made great improvement, for I have, but I have never gotten to the ideal.
Do not get discouraged by this! It is a great thing. My point is that one of the joys of living the fitness lifestyle is that we NEVER find the ideal. I have found that no matter how close I come to my goal, I always find something else I can improve upon. The goals slowly change.
An example that comes to mind is when I was attempting to put up 300 lbs on the bench press. This number had eluded me for a while. While I was able to get 295 for several reps, 300 posed a mental block. For me, it just sounded heavy! It became my goal, my obsession. Shortly after, however, I hit 300 lbs.
Suddenly, this wasn’t good enough! Hey, I got 300 right? Why not shoot for 305? And the quest continued.
Yes, fitness is much like a rainbow! It is something to follow. It is that thing that keeps us moving forward. Always just out of reach, but so close that we MUST push on.
As I look at my life working out, I am glad that I have never reached my ultimate goal. For if I had, I would have stopped trying. Working out would no longer be part of my life. What would be the point? For now, I think I will keep on chasing rainbows!